Oct 19, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; An Alabama Crimson Tide fan holds sign for next weeks Tennessee game following the Tides 52-0 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee vs. Alabama Prediction Roundup

Alabama takes on Tennessee this week, and it’s time for some predictions.

Tennessee has averaged 200 yards rushing a game, while Alabama only gives up 98 yards per game on the ground. Lets split the difference, do the Vols reach 150 yards rushing? 100?

Tennessee is stuck between a rock and a hard place here. They have one of the worst passing games in the country, and that is going to allow Nick Saban and Kirby Smart to load the box and stop the run. I think Tennessee reaches 100 yards rushing in the game, but they won’t go over 150.

Over/Under two turnovers between the two teams on Saturday?

I’ll say under. Alabama has done a great job of protecting the ball the past few games and that will continue here.

Alabama has not allowed a sack in its last three games. Conversely, Nick Saban said the Tennessee offensive line might be the best one they’ll face all year. Over/Under three sacks in the game?

I’ll say under, mainly because I think Tennessee’s only shot to win is to ground and pound this game away and keep it out of their quarterbacks hands.

Alabama had three running backs end up with over 100 yards of offense last Saturday against the Razorbacks(Yeldon 88 rushing, 45 receiving; Drake with 104 rushing and 11 receiving; and Derrick Henry with 111 rushing). Will they accomplish this feat again against the Vols?

I think Alabama might get two of the three with over 100 yards total, but it won’t get all three again. The majority of Derrick Henry’s yardage came on an 80-yard run with Nick Saban chasing him down the sideline not wanting him to score.

How many times will Tennessee play “Rocky Top” on Saturday afternoon? (Anyone who actually takes the time to count this can have a year’s subscription to BamaHammer for free.)

I’ll say 28. And that will be 28 times too many.

Final score?

Welcome back to earth Vols. Beating South Carolina is good for your program. Unfortunately, South Carolina is not as good as they were advertised during the summer.

38-7 Alabama

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